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Champlas Seguin

Page Type: Trail

Location: Turin, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 44.94068°N / 6.82116°E

Trail Type: Mountain

County: Piedmont

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft / 457 m

Length: 6.0 Mi / 9.7 Km

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Created/Edited: Jul 24, 2013 / Jul 24, 2013

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Champlas Seguin

This ancient village, being outside the areas of the lifts was not attacked from excessive urbanization.
Some houses have been renovated in full respect of the original types and the result is very nice.

Until the end of 1700, Champlas Seguin performs the function of Alpine houses for the inhabitants of Rollieres.
The inhabitants of the village below were used to bring their herds to pasture in this beautiful valley during the summer season.

In the early 1800s, the settlement changing face of the huts are extended to facilitate the storage of fodder, legumes, grains, potatoes and firewood for the winter survival.
At the same time above the village, is built the Fort of Champlas Seguin. Thanks to the large military garrison increases the economic welfare of the population in that age who had very 4/5 taverns and even the school.

During the Second World War the fort became a huge deposit of bullets, was blown up by the partisans.

Recently, With an offer from almost 500 thousand euro, the last scion of the Agnelli family was awarded a few days ago, in Val Susa, the ancient fort of Champlas Seguin, location a short walk from San Sicario. It is Anna Agnelli, born in 1978, daughter of Umberto Rings.
Inside this historic nineteenth century military complex, which occupies about 68 thousand square meters of land, wants to build an exclusive wellness center with spa, as well as a museum with cultural center.


The Map

Visualizza Champlas Seguin in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

Getting There

Car Support
Take the A32 Turin-Bardonecchia Motorway, Exit Oulx.

Follow the direction Cesana-Claviere-Hill of Montgenevre.

After 10 Km you reah Cesana Torinese Town were you have to leave your car.

the Trail

Starting Point to the main square of Cesana Torinese, opposite the Town Hall.
You take the road SS n ° 24 towards the Sestriere Hill.

Almost there!

It is a beautiful and well-maintained mountain road, where every year takes place the uphill race for historic cars, "Cesana Sestriere."
You have to travel the approximately ten miles away from Cesana Torinese and Champlas Seguin through beautiful larch forests and, as you go up in altitude, with an incomparable view of Cesana Torinese and valleys Thuras and Argentiera.

The Fire Line.
On the Rampart

The path runs smoothly at high altitudes thanks to long straights interspersed with wide turns.
Approximately 9 per kilometer, we must turn to the left direction of the Champlas Seguin.

Entering In the Fortress

The road now becomes steeper and is spread throughout the hillside of the mountain with narrow blind corners.
After approximately one kilometer you will arrive in a beautiful grassy plateau where is located the ancient mountain village of Champlas Seguin.

The show is amazing, there is not a single building that clashes with the view.
The Curch

In the small village square, opposite the church (St. Anthony Abbot and Saint Martyr Hippolytus) is the fountain of spring water where you can refuel your water bottles.

Going a little further, meet the Osteria Martin, to keep in mind on the way back for an excellent lunch. From the parking lot of the tavern the dirt road that leads to the fortress of Champlas Seguin.

It is an excellent path to climb, which is used for the maintenance of ski and winter ski area, all in one breath to go to the fortress.
After traveling a few kilometers uphill, you find yourself on a plateau where, on your left, are well visible the ruins of an old military barracks on two floors.

A little further on your right, notice a detour that takes you to the entrance (destroyed) the ancient fortress of Champlas Seguin.
You can enter with the mountain bike and go down the line of fire of the fortress.

The Panorama from this location is total.
in the powder magazine... smoking my pipe!

If you are equipped with warm and waterproof clothing and you have two flashlights, you can visit the cellars of the fortress are still the most colossal of the external structure.

For the return trip, the same road, with the advice to stop for lunch in Seguin Champla to eat a good polenta with stew washed down with plenty of red wine.

Bon Appetit!

Splatsky   Polenta e Spezzatino .

In Short

Distance Lenght: 10 Km.

Pavel 8 Km - Dirt Road 2 Km.

Difference in Altitude. 538 m.

Hiking Time: 2 hours.

Cellular Network Coverage: 100%

When to Bike: July to October.

Cartography: High Susa & Chisone Valley - 1:25.000- N° 2 - Fraternali Editions- GPS Compatible (Piedmont Region-French National Geographic Institute).

The Fortress

The fort was built in the nineties of the nineteenth century and had a characteristic pentagonal shape completely surrounded by a moat and a wall of stones in counterscarp.
Inside the defensive wall there were the barracks for the troops on one floor and the main embankment, while the outside of the fort there was the guard barracks.

The 6 cannons 150 mm. he was gifted the fort, were placed on the surface and paired two by two pitches and on the hills facing Central and Col Col Bousson Bourget, easy way to enter Italy.

Ancient plan (late nineteenth century)

There was a long tunnel ring that allowed you to safely reach all the artillery and poveriera not come out. In correspondence of each location was present an output, in origin has only ladder to but then also a hoist, which allowed the connection between the gallery and the workstations.

The powder was buried, placed at a lower level compared to the strong and completely covered with bricks. Each postazionein places where there were guns in pairs had also a small reserve.
The entire fort was enclosed by a defensive wall interrupted only at the level of the entrance portal and which is accessed after crossing a drawbridge over the moat.

Old photograph (late nineteenth century).